If we have strong privately held convictions, but we do not allow those convictions to lead to any discernible action, then it's as good as meaningless. But yet, this is a praiseworthy "virtue" in our culture?
Things go bad fast. In his book Intellectuals, historian Paul Johnson offered a pejorative definition of intellectuals. He said a certain type of intellectual is a person who loves their ideas more than people.
Imagine our hero wakes up one morning and everything about the way we live our lives is suddenly mysterious. Every understanding of social contracts, personal rights, community responsibilities, etc., slipped from his mind as he slept. He launches into the world with the whole of human relationships existing as a country to be newly discovered. [...]
Why do we seek out beautiful things, and work so hard to create beauty. Community investment is important, and the beautiful things we create help to build up our community. Sometimes beautiful things divide, but they often make life better. Take a listen to this edition of Human Things. We are here to be beautiful, [...]
Why is it important to argue and to argue well? What's the difference in ranting and persuading in an argument. These ideas are laid out here in our fourth Merely Human Things podcast. Merely Human Things is a podcast series exploring what C.S. Lewis said when he stated that he wanted to be found doing human things. That's why we are here. Give it a listen.